Mary Emily Jackson (Norvell) (1860 - 1948)

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Birthplace: Georgia, USA
Death: Died in Georgia
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About Mary Emily Jackson (Norvell)

Mother of legendary comedian Oliver Hardy. Her second husband, Oliver, died of a heart attack on November 22, 1892, three days before Thanksgiving. He had been 48 years old at their marriage (his third) in 1890 and in bad health already; she had already had four children from a previous marriage. Her second husband's death left her a young widow with five children, the youngest of whom, Norvell, was only ten months old. (Norvell was later to change his name to Oliver in honor of his father.) Her older children, from her marriage to T. Sam Tant, were Elizabeth, Emily, Sam, Jr., and Henry. At the time of his death, the family had been living in Madison, Georgia and working as managers of the Turnell Butler Hotel. Soon after this she was dismissed from her job, but Mrs. Hardy was not a woman who gave up easily. She supported her children by managing other boardinghouses and hotels in the cities of Madison, Covington, Athens, and Midgeville. It was in Midgeville in 1903 that she became the manager of the Baldwin Hotel, a position which she would hold until she left the city in 1910. She was a hard-working successful woman in an era when many widowed single mothers would move in with other relatives instead of seriously entering the workforce and making names for themselves. Later on she remarried again, although as the name on her grave marker makes clear, she had dropped her latest married name, Jackson, and gone back to her earlier name of Hardy by the time of her death.

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Emily N. Hardy's Timeline

Georgia, USA
January 1, 1887
Age 27
Georgia, USA
March 12, 1890
Age 30
January 18, 1892
Age 32
Harlem, Columbia, Georgia, USA
February 2, 1904
Age 44
November 16, 1948
Age 88